“This I Believe” – by Lori Gallagher Witt

Note: A post in defense of rational liberalism

“1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare […]

Just a typical day in paradise

The Daily 202: Public opinion is protecting Mueller’s investigation — for now via the Washington Post – By James Hohmann January 24 at 8:48 AM What the special counsel’s team will want to ask Trump With indications that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking an interview with President Trump, here are some burning questions […]

The Atlantic Senior Editor talks about how to detect “fake news”

Word by Word. Line by Line

By Yvonne Rolzhausen, senior editor at The Atlantic

In a world where “fake news” thrives and basic editorial standards are often jettisoned as unnecessary expenses, fact-checkers can sometimes feel like an endangered species. But The Atlantic is dedicated to accuracy and truth—and therefore to rigorous fact-checking. Our pieces seek […]

Economy = Good …. Everything Else = Poor

Poll finds public optimistic about the economy, critical of Trump, split on issues via Washington Post – By Dan Balz and Scott Clement January 21 at 12:01 AM President Trump arrives to speak to March for Life participants on Friday. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Trump’s approval rating has remained at […]

Women, and Men need to take it to the next level !!

#MeToo isn’t enough. Now women need to get ugly

by Barbara Kingsolver

‘Don’t say that to me, don’t do that to me. I hate it.’ I armed my daughters with these words to deal with harassment. Let’s no longer mollify powerful men

The Russian Affair is not just a few rogue agents

Russian Connections

(information and analysis by Richard @ Flexible Reality, obtained from the transcript of testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing given by Glenn Simpson in August 2016 – )


We have read and heard about Americans associated with the Trump Campaign who have strong ties to Russian oligarchs, FSB and KGB operatives, […]

Job skills retraining is not a panacea

The False Promises of Worker Retraining

Despite assurances from policymakers that retraining is the key to success, such programs have consistently failed to equip workers with the preparation they need to secure jobs.

via The Atlantic by JEFFREY SELINGO JAN 8, 2018When Travis Busch graduated from high school in Jefferson, Iowa, in […]

Michael Wolff provides a prequel to “Fire and Fury”

How Donald Trump’s White House team handles his giant ego

Soon after the inauguration of Donald Trump on 20 January 2017, GQ columnist Michael Wolff was granted special access to the White House. Over seven months, in more than 200 interviews with the president and his staff, he sought to understand the […]

Basket of deplorables revisited

{from a conversation on Facebook}


Richard Pressl

Yesterday at 9:25am ·

The noun version works just fine for me ********************************************

Trending: Clinton Says Half Of Trump Supporters Are In A ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ Lookups for ‘deplorable’ spike following comments at a New York fund-raiser MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM

Richard Pressl

Robert Bouillon I wonder if she […]